Perfect for couples seeking something “special “this snug little cottage is the perfect rural retreat.Beautifully positioned ,right beside the famous Nantes / Brest canal, the property sits in the middle of a small terrace of cottages dating back to Napoleonic times when the canal was built. Today the cottage has been updated to modern standards but still retains immense appeal, full of character and charm with its old beamed ceiling and open fireplace. With lovely views over the canal and beyond the patio doors open onto a terrace with table and chairs. Steps take you down to a small garden laid mainly to lawn where you can follow the sun around from dawn to dusk. A gate then directly opens onto the tow path and canal from where you can walk in minutes to the village,over the canal, past the grand manor and into the heart of the village. A real advantage is that the loverly village of Gouarec can cater for most of your requirements all within easy walking distance , without going further afield. Exploring near- by you can take a walk or bike ride [which can be hired locally] along the canal to enjoy the countryside and other villages along the way. Apart from exploring the beautiful waterway, the canal offers canoeing and fishing right on your doorstep. The pretty little village of Gouarec is just a very short stride away across the bridge or lock. It sits where the River Blavet runs through it to converge with the canal close to the cottage. The canal is no longer a working waterway but occasionally small boats and canoeists glide pass . It's popular for fishing and with occasional horse riders, cyclists and walkers using the tow-path, its a great spot for just watching and relaxing over aperitifs .Built of old Bretton stone the village offers traditional bars, a pizzeria, creparie, patisserie and antique shop. Recently built is a municipal indoor swimming pool, again within walking distance. This pretty little village offers everything you need without ever needing to travel and retains a pace of life that is there to be enjoyed. But for anyone wanting to seriously explore Briittany the cottage is the perfect location. Right in the centre of Brittany, midway between Rostrennen and Mur-de- Brettagne just off the N164 the cottage is ideally situated. Apart from the canal and amazing countryside , just 10 mins away by car is the beautiful lac De Guerleden ,Brittany’s largest lake , its the perfect spot for swimming and water sports but the area also offers extensive trails for walking and cycling. . .South of the lake is the forest of Quénécan, an area known as ‘Swiss Brittany’, which covers about 11 square miles. The Quénécan forest and Abbaye de Bon Repos are not to be missed.Wherever you go , near or far almost anywhere is within 2 hours drive time, for instance to Renne in the West, Brest in the east, Roscoff in the North and Quimper in the South and everywhere in between! Located in the beautiful Cotes d'amour the cottage is also virtually on the border with the Department of Morbihan with its vast gulf, beaches and sea foods, within an easy day trip to the south of Gouarec.You won't be short of things to do and places to go. Beaches north and south, beautiful countryside to explore and wonderful walks or cycle rides .. Whether you like to relax and forget the car ,'take it easy' or prefer a more action packed holiday, this little cottage offers it all , where you can really experience' true' Brittany.
Unique Canal Cottage In Wonderful Position To Relax Or Explore
chris and dianne hyder
- Calendar last updated:
- 10 Jan 2019
About chris and dianne hyder
We have as a family taken most of our holidays in France for over 40 years. About 20 years ago we purchased a house in Normandy to renovate which we held for ten years. Today in retirement we decided again to seek out a property for ourselves and discovered our little cottage on the canal . Our cottage is also our home which means that we spend the summer ‘letting’ months with our family in England and the spring ,autumn and winter months in France where we try and settle into the French way of life .
chris and dianne hyder purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why chris and dianne hyder chose Plélauff
Because, in the uk we live on the coast, being not too far from the beach or ‘water’ was an important factor so we consider ourselves fortunate to be 'on'a canal, with beautiful Lac de Guerladen close by and wonderful beaches in easy reach for a great day out when we need it . Brittany has always been a great place for us, offering lots of variety, friendly people, beautiful countryside and stunning beaches , so to find a cottage in such a special position was an opportunity not to be missed: beautifully located on the canal, close to a lovely old village with lots of character and centrally situated we are also within easy reach of most of Brittany. It's a place where we can be close to the French lifestyle in a rural community, peaceful and relaxing but not isolated! What the cottage lacks in size is more than made up for in character and charm , small but perfectly formed .
What makes this Cottage unique
We believe our 'petit'cottage is quite unique , located on the famous and historic Nantes /Brest canal it was built at the same time as the canal around 1840 and was probably used by canal workers. Today the canal is for pleasure and leisure only and is used for boating, canoeing, fishing and and the towpath is easy for walkng , horse riding ,cycling and above all else ,relaxation. Virtually in the centre of Brittany it combines charm, quaintness and convenience ,all within an historic environment that is away from the hustle and bustle.for instance to Renne in the West, Brest in the east, Roscoff in the North and Quimper in the South and every where in between! Located in the beautiful Cotes d'amour the cottage is also virtually on the border with Morbihan with its vast gulf, beaches and sea foods, within an easy day trip to the south of Gouarec. Without leaving our 'idyl' through the seasons we can watch the canal change its colour, observe wildlife,chat to walkers,walk or cycle the towpath , explore nearby woods and walks.Or if we want to go further afield we can head to the beaches and coastal towns north or south. Although we are unable to enjoy the pleasure of the area all year round we are delighted to be able to share the unique benefits with our guests when we are away in the uk. Because we are able to spend long periods in our cottage we have furnished it as a comfortable home not just a "holiday home" so that guests can relax and enjoy their stay whatever their 'mood' and whatever the weather .
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Cozy cottage in ideal location
Chris and Diane’s cottage is perfectly located for walking, cycling or driving a beautiful region of Brittany. We chose it for its proximity to the canal de Nantes-Brest cycling path and the Velo 6. The village has all you need. The cottage is charming, well-equipped and very comfortable. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare any meal you desire. For a quiet stay in a convenient location it was perfect.
Many thanks for your review . We are particularly pleased as your stay was the last of our season .always good to finish on a high note !. Best wishes .from Chris & dianne
Peaceful cottage by the canal
A very comfortable stay in a charming little gite.It had everything you needed for a most restful break. The village was convenient,the neighbours were charming and the strolls along the canal were a delight.
Thankyou for a lovely holiday.
Fantastic Relaxing Holiday!
I would highly recommend this lovely little cottage to anyone. The location beside the canal is absolutely perfect. The village is full of very friendly people and everything that you need for a relaxing break is close at hand. Would I go back again, DEFINITELY!
Delighted that you enjoyed yourselves. Hope you can visit again soon. Many thanks !
Peaceful idyllic setting
Fabulous two weeks in this delightful cottage. Although small, very comfortable and immaculate with quirky rustic design and charm. The small kitchen area however, did present a challenge preparing meals due to the very limited worktop space, but certainly didn't spoil or stay. We made good use of the terrace and small garden areas thanks to the fabulous weather during our visit and ate often on the terrace. Very relaxing in such a peaceful setting by the side of the canal and handy local shopping and dinning within just a few minutes walk, which, we made good use of. Had some very enjoyable walks along the canal towpath. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting a quiet peaceful getaway. Would definitely consider returning.
A lovely little cottage situated beside the Nantes-Brest Canal and on the very edge of Gouraec
The cottage is situated on the edge of the village of Gouraec which has a small supermarket, a boulangerie and three restaurants all within a less than five minutes walk. The creperie is well worth a visit. It's great for walking and cycling, the country lanes have very little traffic. This was our second visit and we would go again. This is a great place to go to if you want to get away from it all.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed it , particularly on a second visit, when obviously it’s not a “new” experience. Many thanks.
Comfy and convenient
We really like the Cottage. It was well equipped and very comfortable. A nice place to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. The only downside is that none of the restaurants or cafes in town were open while we were there. We were sad not to get the local flavor, but still very much enjoyed our stay!
thanks for the review and its a great shame that the cafes etc were closed but
in france , once the july/august holidays are over many of the restauranteurs take their own holidays and close up for a week or two . its the French way !
Lakeside beaches at Lac de Guerledan for swimming, boating, rowing etc is only 20 mins away driving or a good cycle ride if you have the energy!
A big choice of beaches is in easy driving distance to the north and south coasts of Brittany for a great day
out , within approx one and half hours drive time .
Brittany Ferries provide an excellent service from Portsmouth to St Malo which is only 90 mins drive to the cottage on excellent roads .
Alternatively we frequently use the Portsmouth to Cherbourg or Poole to Cherbourg route .Drive time to the cottage is approx 4 hours on good motorways .
The port of Roscoff is only 90mins from the cottage with ferries from Plymouth .
The Portsmouth to Canne route is also an easy 4 hour drive with lots of villages to stop off if required.
Just a few examples include;
Mur de Bretagne , pretty village close to the lake. With cafe and restaurant. 20 min drive
Pontivy, Napoleons town, on the canal, old , interesting, chateaux, Mon market- 40 mins drive
Rostrennen, good for shopping with 3 supermarkets . Tues market . 20mins
Josselin, lovely old fortress town on the canal , castle, museum , cafes.. 90 mins drive.
Lac De Guerlean, massive 10 mile long lake surrounded with forest for walking, swimming, sailing , fishing. 20 mins
Abbey Bon Repos/Museum, a beauty spot on the canal for picnics, bar, Sun morning market. 35 min canal walk or 20 min cycle . 10 min drive
Quinton, lovely old town, Wed market, 35 mins
St. Brieuc ,busy major regional town to the north with its own small port and choice of beaches nearby at Binic, St.Quay- Portrieux and Le Val Andre.A good day trip
Vannes, an ancient town at the head of the Morbihan Gulf .A picturesque old quarter, shops and cafes . An excellent day trip and easy drive .Approx 100 mins .
Concarneau, A bustling fishing port and ancient walled town , beaches , shops , cafes . Excellent day trip and easy drive .Approx 100 mins .
Although a small old village Gouarec has everything you need including 2 banks , cash dispenser, pharmacy, a small supermarket , patisserie, garage. There's a choice of eateries including an old beamed pizzeria with open oven, a delightful daytime restaurant/ cafe serving traditional lunches to trades people and visitors,and a creperie. All within minutes easy walking distance but please remember that in the low season , particularly the autumn , many restaurants in France close while the owners take there own holidays .
Located in the beautiful Cotes d'amour the cottage is also virtually on the border with Morbihan with its vast gulf, beaches and sea foods, within an easy day trip to the south of Gouarec.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: We require a non-refundable deposit of one hundred pounds to reserve your stay with full payment due 8 weeks prior to arrival. The deposit will be held against any damages or special cleaning if required. This will be returned 2 weeks after your departure. To make a provisional booking in the first instance and to confirm availability please contact us direct on telephone or email.[ email preferred] Changeover Day: Saturday changeover arrival time after 3 pm unless by prior agreement Departure time 10 am latest unless by prior arrangement Notes on prices: We may be able to arrange an off- season booking by special arrangement. Please phone or email with details . For all UK bookings payment must be in pounds sterling. Weekly cleaning, linen and electricity is included.